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Obtaining ISBNs and ISSNs


ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers) and ISSNs (International Standard Serial Numbers) are unique bibliographic reference numbers used to identify individual books, journals, multimedia and other published materials.


  • A History of Wollongong (book) ISBN: 0 86418 4468
  • Illawarra Unity (journal) ISSN: 1327-8126

Obtaining ISBNs for UOW publications

The University Library is authorised to allocate ISBNs for any University of Wollongong monograph publications (books, working papers, conference proceedings in print or on CD-ROM/DVD etc.). These ISBNs are purchased in blocks on behalf of the University. There is no cost to the individual requester.

Requesting your ISBN 

  1. Email Research-pubs
  2. In your email, please supply the following bibliographic citation details for the Library's records: 
    Series: (if applicable)
    Publisher: University of Wollongong (specify department/unit where applicable)
    Publication Year:
    Format(s): hardback / paperback / ebook / video / CDROM / DVD (delete those not applicable)

An ISBN will be allocated to you by return email. Please allow at least two working days for your request to be processed.

Placement guidelines for your ISBN

For books, the ISBN should appear on the reverse side of the title page and also on the bottom of the back cover. The letters ISBN should always precede the number.

For disks and videos, the ISBN should appear on the product itself, as well as on any packaging.

More information: Thorpe Bowker Identifier Services - ISBN FAQs

Lodging a copy of your publication in the Library

You are asked to lodge a copy of your publication with the University Library, so that it can be catalogued and placed in the Library's collection. Once catalogued, your publication will also be listed on the Kinetica National Bibliographic Database for the information of other libraries around Australia.

Please also advise the Library if your publication is to be made freely available online. The relevant URL will be added into the Library Catalogue to accompany the details of the print publication.

Obtaining ISBNs for non-UOW publications

The Library is not authorised to allocate ISBNs for non University of Wollongong publications. For these, please contact:

Thorpe-Bowker Identifier Services
Ph: 03 8517 8349

Obtaining ISSNs

The National Library of Australia is the only agency authorised to allocate ISSNs for journals, newsletters, annual reports etc. The University Library cannot allocate ISSNs for University of Wollongong serial type publications. For these, please contact:

ISSN Australia Agency (National Library of Australia)
Canberra ACT 2600
Ph: 02 6262 1213

Fulfilling Legal Deposit requirements

In addition to the copy you lodge with the University Library, single copies of your publication should also be sent/offered to the four relevant legal deposit libraries, as indicated on the National Library of Australia 'Legal Deposit in Australia' page:

  • Legal Deposit Unit 
    National Library of Australia, Canberra ACT 2600.
    Ph: 02 6262 1312

  • Legal Deposit Collection Organisation
    State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
    Ph: 02 9273 1489

  • Legal Deposit Officer
    NSW Parliamentary Library, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
    Ph: 02 9230 2384

  • Legal Deposit Officer
    University of Sydney Library, Sydney NSW 2006.
    Ph: 02 9351 7268

Need more help?

Please contact Research_pubs (ext 5109).

Last reviewed: 4 November, 2016

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